Unemployed twentysomethings, Canadian capers, and awkward sex fill out TIFF’s penultimate day.
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Sure, the stars have gone home, the hordes of celebrity creepers have thinned out, and the industry reps have stopped texting their way through screenings, but the festival is far from over. TIFF’s penultimate day is a good time to catch up with big ticket items that were harder to get into earlier in the week.
We’ve already tipped our hats to Frances Ha (), Noah Baumbach’s surprisingly lovely and very funny look at a generation of educated interns without career prospects, but it’s worth another mention, if you haven’t gotten around to it yet. Those itching to see Ben Affleck’s Argo () before its mid-October release date might also wish to take that in. We were more or less sold on its depiction of the so-called Canadian Caper, which successfully smuggled six U.S. consulate workers out of Iran under the premise that they were a Canadian film crew, but a bit more reserved on the finale, which tips into standard political thriller territory.
Another pedigreed film getting a repeat showing today is The Sessions, Ben Lewin’s profile of Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes), a thirtysomething polio survivor dedicated to losing his virginity via a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt), provided he gets the go-ahead from his local priest (William H. Macy). The tricky premise could go either way, but the cast is terrific, and the film was warmly received at Sundance, where it snapped up the audience award.